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Video: Avoiding Ukraine Charity Scams

   Mar 03, 2022

CharityWatch Executive Director, Laurie Styron, talks to KOAA5 Colorado investigative reporter, Patrick Nelson, about how donors can avoid charity scams related to the conflict in Ukraine. 

"People are going to be taken in by these images that are very disturbing...and I have to say, even I, a tried and true veteran of the charity watchdog world for the past 20 years, have had to stop myself."

"'Just avoid the gimmicks,' said Styron. 'If you see things online like buy a digital Ukrainian flag and we will donate a certain amount of money to something...'"

"You need to donate to an organization that has experience either in the region, or has international experience with aiding victims of a crisis or a disaster because I've seen many highly rated charities are kind of getting into this fundraising [for the] crisis without really having a clear plan of what they're going to do with the money."